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  • Blog Post: Watch Some Gameplay From The Russia-Only Free-To-Play Halo Online (While You Still Can)

    Modders have managed to obtain a version of the planned-for-Russia, free-to-play Halo Online and have captured video of the game in action. Halo Online is built using a modified Halo 3 engine, so many consider this to be as close to a PC version of Halo 3 that will ever exist. Some major differences... More
  • Blog Post: Apple Creates New ‘Pay Once And Play’ App Store Category Free Of F2P Games

    Free-to-play games and in-app purchases have been a point of contention for years now. With accusations of deceptive advertising and children racking up hefty credit card bills , the spotlight has shone brightly on problems with mobile app stores. Apple has taken steps recently to address some of these... More
  • Blog Post: Aerena Ditches Free-To-Play Model With New Masters' Edition

    It's common to see game franchises going free-to-play, but Cliffhanger Productions is taking the opposite tack with its acclaimed turn-based strategy game, Aerena. Aerena is a turn-based combat title that's earned considerable praise - but apparently this acclaim has not translated into sales... More
  • Blog Post: Ubisoft's The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot Leaves Open Beta, Officially Launches

    Ubisoft's free-to-play castle and loot defender is no longer in open beta and is now considered a official full release. Announced at E3 2013, The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is a cartoonish title in both visuals in tone that lets you build a castle full of defenses to protect your loot, while attempting... More
  • Blog Post: [Update] Ascend: Hand Of Kul Unexpectedly Discontinued On Xbox 360

    Update: Microsoft has responded to a request for comment on Ascend: Hand of Kuhl. “We can confirm that effective November 18, 2014, ‘Ascend’ on Xbox 360 will close," a Microsoft representative told us via email. "Players will still be able to play ‘Ascend’ on Xbox... More
  • Blog Post: Rise Of Incarnates' Beta Is Now Live

    Rise of Incarnates, Bandai Namco's two on two free-to-play melee shooter, has officially entered beta. In the game, players play as fighters with recently awakened abilities allowing them to use the powers of gods and demons. Some characters transform into super-powered gods and demons, while others... More
  • Blog Post: The Term ‘Free-To-Play' Might Be On Its Way Out

    Earlier this month, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority issued a ruling that may have far-reaching implications for free-to-play games. The organization deemed that EA’s use of the word “free” with regard to Dungeon Keeper Mobile (a title that uses in-app microtransactions... More
  • Blog Post: Cliff Bleszinski Reveals BlueStreak Concept Art, Explains Why He Went With Nexon

    After recently announcing his retirement from retirement and revealing BlueStreak, Gears of War designer Cliff Bleszinski has answered some questions about the game, and released some concept art. You can check out the concept art from the game above, which appears to take place in Los Angeles. You can... More
  • Blog Post: UK Advertising Authority Strikes Blow Against ‘Free-To-Play’ And EA’s Dungeon Keeper

    The British Advertising Standards Authority has fired a shot against EA and, potentially, all uses of the term “free-to-play” in advertising. The government agency has upheld a complaint that the mobile version of Dungeon Keeper has mechanisms in place to push players toward monetization... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Releases New Team Fortress 2 Animated Short And Dance Taunts

    Valve has added a collection of dance taunts for your Team Fortress 2 avatars to use, but the more exciting news is the release of a new animated short. The new taunts include being able to dance the conga, square dance, headbutt one another, do flips, and play rock, paper, scissors. Valve has also launched... More
  • Blog Post: Happy Wars Coming To Xbox One

    The popular free-to-play Xbox 360 title Happy Wars is coming to Xbox One with some new additions. Xbox One and Xbox 360 players will be able to play with another. Four-player split-screen will also be available, and as most video games do these days, zombies are now part of the experience. More
  • Blog Post: Crytek Invites You To Join The Hunt For Horrors Of The Gilded Age This Fall

    Crytek has announced its second game in two days. Following yesterday’s announcement of the Deep Silver-published Homefront: The Revolution , the studio’s United States branch has revealed its own project. Hunt: Horrors of the Gilded Age is a third-person game with procedural elements that... More
  • Blog Post: Splash Damage's Dirty Bomb Changes Name To Extraction, Now Back To Dirty Bomb

    Splash Damage's free-to-play shooter was announced as Dirty Bomb, but it changed its name to Extraction in August . Now it's back to its original name. On its website, where it outlined the name re-change, Splash Damage writes, "Long story short, the game’s back to being called Dirty... More
  • Blog Post: Free-To-Play SoulCalibur: Lost Swords Back Online Following Server Issues

    After sort of releasing last week , SoulCalibur: Lost Swords was delayed due to online issues. Bandai Namco is reporting that the game is, "up and running smoothly" . The official SoulCalibur: Lost Swords Facebook page offered the following statement recently: We wanted to share with you that... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: How Much Have You Spent On Free-To-Play Console Games?

    With free-to-play making a big push onto consoles, especially during the PlayStation 4’s launch, we’re curious if the format has found purchase. Have you spent money on Warframe, World of Tanks, or DC Universe Online? More importantly, are you still playing these games? Free-to-play isn’t... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: What's Your Favorite Free-To-Play Game?

    Free-to-play may not be the complete and total future of video game distribution, but many indicators point to it being a very important part of it. What's your favorite game you've played that you didn't have to pay to download? I nursed a temporary Candy Crush addiction , and I enjoyed... More
  • Blog Post: Valve Created Documentary Film Free To Play Premieres Next Month

    Developed internally at Valve, the documentary film follows three professional Dota 2 players from different countries as they compete in a $1 million tournament. The film follows each of the players – coming from Asia, North America, and Europe – taking a peak inside their home and family... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Is Nintendo's Free-To-Play Foray The Right Move?

    Nintendo isn't exactly known for being on the vanguard of gaming trends, but recently the company has been experimenting with some free-to-play 3DS titles. Do you think the company is on the right track, or would you rather have Nintendo stick to its traditional price model? During yesterday's... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussions: Do Video Game Commercials Impact Your Buying Habits?

    The Super Bowl is an event not only for the rivalry between the best team from each conference of the National Football League, but for its status as an advertising gold mine. Video game commercials have grown and matured with the medium, often standing tall against movie ads . Do video game commercials... More
  • Blog Post: Reader Discussion: Where Does Handheld Gaming Fit Into Your Life?

    There has been a lot of doom and gloom regarding handheld gaming in recent years. Many expected that game-capable mobile devices would supplant traditional offerings. While iOS and Android certainly have significant market share, the 3DS has performed admirably across segments gaming community. The 3DS... More
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